Nordquist, Judy

  • “Stallion of the Wind” Life-Size Bronze, 7.5 x 9.5 x 4 feet (228.6 x 289.56 x 121.92 cm) | The majestic stallion prances and calls his challenge!
  • “Stallion of the Sun” Life-size bronze, Collectors limited edition of 10, 10.5 x 8 x 3 feet | Rising from the desert sands with the strength of his ancestors, the magnificent stallion displays his fire!
  • “Maggdalina” 1/5 life-size bronze, Exclusive collectors edition of 2, 19 x 21.5 x 7.5 inches | “Over the past 30 plus years, I have admired and purchased many  of Judy Nordquist incredible works of art.  Not only are they great masterpieces  of great value – but makes each day very special when I admire them.  The special thing about the Maggdalina bronze is that the bronze  actually captures Maggdalina as she is in real life. Thank you Judy for creating a very important historical piece of memorabilia for Barbara, myself and the Arabian horse.” – Barbara Chur
  • “Desert Mirage” Scaled model for proposed life-size bronze, Collectors limited edition of 30, 19 x 21 x 9 inches | The Exotic beauty of the desert stallion is captured at the oasis like an illusion!
  • “Desert Elegance with Palm Tree” Master model for life-size bronze, Collectors limited edition of 30, 18 x 21 x 12 inches | The ethereal beauty and elegance of the desert mare is captured for all time in bronze.
  • “Desert Elegance” Master model for life-size bronze, Collectors limited edition of 30, 18 x 21 x 12 inches | The ethereal beauty and elegance of the desert mare is captured for all time in bronze.
  • “Glimpse of Glory” 1/5 Life-Size Master Model for Proposed Life-Size, Bronze, 20 x 32.5 x 10 inches (50.8 x 82.55 x 25.4 cm) Collector's Limited Edition of 15 | Hearts pounding, hooves flying — Man and horse are as one as they near the finish line!
  • “Race the Wind” Bronze, Edition of 50, 12.25 x 11 x 5 inches | Thundering forward to victory, the mighty stallion races to the finish line seeming to Race the Wind!

American Contemporary

Flying across the ivory sands of the Egyptian desert on the back of a magnificent Arabian stallion with the Pyramids of Giza silhouetted against the radiant glow of dawn – experiencing the excitement of the Moroccan Fantasia at the royal stables as a guest of King Hassan II – marveling at the beautiful Fountains of Rome and classic sculptures of Michelangelo in the Vatican – that is what dreams are made of!

Judy’s memories from that desert ride, the inspirations from her travels in Europe and her life long passion for horses has resulted in sculptures from graceful miniature foals to the powerful Monumental Life-Size bronze, “Wind Spirit”!  A premier artist of Equine Bronze Sculptures, Judy Nordquist’s sculptures have established the precedence for excellence in Equine Art.  Her love and passion for the magnificent horse is revealed in breathtaking bronze sculptures as the exciting spirit of the horse comes alive!

An Internationally acclaimed artist, Judy Nordquist’s bronzes are found in municipal, private, corporate and  fine art collections of Royalty around the world.  Her bronzes are prized by collectors in the United States, South America, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East.  Her patrons include His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco, HRH Prince Abdulaziz Al’Saud, HRH Prince Feisal Bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Princess Tchkotoua of Mallorca.

She has created over 100 different Collector’s Limited Bronze Editions ranging in size from a 6” miniature foal to a Monumental Life-Size bronze sculpture and has been commissioned by several breeders throughout the world to create portrait sculptures of their award-winning horses.

Judy has traveled extensively in the Middle East researching history and culture of the Arabian Horse.  Her sculptures reflect the lifelike realism and the classic style of the 19th century French School of Sculpture – “Les Animaliers”.  Judy’s work has been featured in Equine Images, Arabian Horse World and Arabian Horse Times.  She is an Associate member of the prestigious American Academy of Equine Art, a Signature member of the American Academy of Women Artists and won a Fifth Award in the North American Sculpture Exhibition out of 450 entries.

Of all the comments about her work, the one she cherishes most comes from Robert Vavra, world renowned author and photographer (Iberia with James Michner, Equus, Stallion of a Dream, etc.):

“Searching the world for equine beauty, it is always a joy when I see Nordquist’s new creations – stallions, mares, and foals – and allow my eyes to rest on their bold stillness or grace in action.  Balance, beauty, drama and strength are the poetic elements that I seek in my own work – qualities that I find abundant in Nordquist’s bronze.  Strangely enough, because the Arabian horse embodies these qualities, it is all the more difficult for the artist to capture them.  Nature accomplishes a perfection that man is unable to achieve, but Nordquist is one of the few living sculptors who comes close to this achievement.”

Education

1958 Graduated Valedictorian Central High School, Grand Junction, CO
1960 AA Degree – Mesa Jr. College, Grand Jct., CO – Phi Beta Kappa

Organizations

Member American Academy of Equine Art,
Associate – Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
Colleague Member – National Sculpture Society

Public and Private Art Commissions

2015 – 1/5 Life-Size Portrait bronze of Wieza Mocy – Oak Ridge Arabians
2015 – Bronze of Mounted band-45 horses and riders – HM, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman
2012 – Bronze of 40 horses with carriage for H M, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultanate of Oman
2010 – Life-Size Commissioned Bronze of Stallion of the Sun – Middle East
2009 – 1/5 Life-Size Portrait bronze of Maggdalina for Strawberry Banks Farm
2008 – Life-Size Portrait bronze of Escape Ibn Navarrone-D for Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Ajman Stud, UAE
2008 – Life-Size Portrait bronze for His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultanate of Oman
2007 – Life-Size bronze of King of Kings for Pomeroy Arabians International – Canada
2007 – Life-Size bronzes of Interlude for Pomeroy Arabians International – Canada
2007 – 1/5 Life Size Portrait Bronze of Escape Ibn Navarrone-D for Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Ajman Stud, UAE
2007 – 1/5 Life-Size Portrait bronze of Bella Nova for Traditional Arabians
2007 – 1/6 Life-Size portrait bronze of Khemosabi for Khemosabi Syndicate
2006 – 1/5 Life-Size Portrait Bust of Enzo for Enzo Ltd.
2006 – 1/5 Life-size Portrait Busts – Al Shaqab Collection:  *Gazal Al Shaqab, *Marwan Al Shaqab, *Al Adeed Al Shaqab for Michael Byatt Arabians
2005 – 1/5 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of *Marwan Al Shaqab for Al Shaqab Stud & Michael Byatt
2005 – 1/4 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of Gai Acaisha & her filly for Harold and Elizabeth Green
2003 – 1/5 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of Padrons Psyche for Robert and Dixie North
2002 – 1/4 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of Llewellyn Fawr for Harold and Elizabeth Green
2000 – 1/4 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of Sx Allon for Harold and Elizabeth Green
1999 – 1-1/5 Life-Size Monumental “Wind Spirit” Ute Indian and horse for the Town of Mountain Village, Telluride, CO
1997 – 1/5 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of Ericca for Neil and Barbara Chur
1996 – Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – Annual trophies for the Championship Classes
1994 – 1/4 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of Gai Anastashah for Harold and Elizabeth Green
1994 – Exclusive Collector’s Limited Edition Bronze Medallion for The Big Oak Children’s Ranch in Alabama for non-profit fund raising project
1989 – 1/5 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of Royal Taaga with buggy and portrait of Dick Ames
1988 – 1/5 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of Shahteyna for Cory Soltau
1988 – Pyramid Society Logo in Hand Cast Paper
1985 – Life-Size Mare and Foal–Daughters of the Wind for Essam Khashoggi, Santa Barbara,CA
1985 – 1/3 Life-Size Portrait Bronze of *Ibn Moniet El Nefous for Jarrell McCracken

Awards

1981 – The Bronze Works – One of six outstanding Colorado Sculptors
1984 – 5th place North American Sculpture Exhibition

Publication Articles

“The Arabian Magazine” UK – December 2010
“Tutto Arabi” Italy -Summer 2009
“Telluride Style Magazine”, Summer/Fall 2000, Sculptures In Bronze by Diana Conovitz
“The Equine Image”, June/July 2000, Majestic Monumentals by Karen Howell
“Pacific & Southwest Arabian” Nov. ’97, Judy Nordquist – Professional Profile
“Arabian Faszination” Germany Nov. ’97, Judy Nordquist – Professional Profile
“Arabian Visions” Oct. ’90, Judy Nordquist – Cover Artist
“Equine Images”, July ’89, Judy Nordquist – Sharing her Passion by Sandy Geier
“Arabian Horse Times” Oct. ’88, Judy Nordquist – Professional Profile
“Arabian Horse World” Dec. ’85, The Little Bronze and How It Grew by Denise P. Hearse
“Western Horseman”, Dec. ’84, Equine Sculptor Judy Nordquist by Marty Mokler-Banks
“Arabian Horse Times”, Dec. ’83, Judy Nordquist – To Capture Fleeting Moments by Cheryl Tibbetts
“Arabian Horse World”, Dec. ’78, Judy Nordquist Remarkable Art by Scott E. Dial

Selected Business and Private Patrons

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultanate of Oman
Lt. Colonel A. Razak Alshahwarzi – Oman Royal Cavalry – Oman
Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Ajman Stud, UAE
Howell and Margo Wallace –Valor Arabians
HH Sheikh Mashal bin Hamad Al-Thani – Emir of the State of Qatar
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan – United Arab Emirates
Harold and Liz Green –Evergreen Arabians Greg Gallun – Gallun Farms
His Excellency Sulymam Demirel, President. – The Republic of Turkey
Margit and Gosta Heitmann – Calbar Arabians, Denmark
Omar Sakr, Sakr Arabians – Egypt
Robert and Dixie North – North Arabians
HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman Bin Adulaziz Al’Saud – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Michael Byatt – Michael Byatt Arabians
Senor Alirio Miguel Cornejo – Mexico City, Mexico
Mr. Erhard Eckschmidt – Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
David Boggs – Midwest Arabians
His Majesty Hassan II – King of Morocco
Mr. and Mrs. Essam Khashoggi – Santa Barbara, California
Senor Pedro Salas and Princess Tchkotoua – Mallorca, Spain
Dr. and Mrs. Johan Van Wyk – Johannesburg, South Africa
Count Federico Zichy-Thyssen – Ascuncion, Paraguay, South America
Uri and Michal Ariely, Ariely Arabians – Israel

Links

Judy Nordquist | The Making of the Escape Ibn Navarrone – D Life-size Bronze